Soundbites: The Week in Audio - 08.06.18

This week’s blog takes a look at Dave Berry’s new breakfast show, Spotify’s Cannes Lions award, the IAB UK Engage conference, plus much more.

Dave Berry’s new morning show on Absolute Radio began this week, it kicked off with guest George Ezra and some coffee-based banter with fellow Bauer breakfast presenter Ronan Keating. Dave has replaced Christian O’Connell, who started his new breakfast show on Gold 104.3 in Melbourne, following his departure from Absolute Radio last month.

You can catch up on the The Dave Berry Breakfast show here.


Change is coming at Cannes Lions. This year, the festival is switching up its longstanding ‘Media Person of the Year’ award, and named a ‘Media Brand of the Year’ instead. Cannes Lions announced this week that Spotify was the winner of the award. The award has traditionally been received by individuals and in past years including Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, former YouTube CEO Salar Kamangar and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

To learn more on Cannes’ big change, click here.


Our thoughts go out to Radio X’s, Dom this week. Billboards across the UK have been revealing some fun facts about Dominic Byrne of the Chris Moyles show parish. With around 120 placed around the country, listeners sent in photos of the digital billboards of Moyle’s Show takeover. There was even one of Dominic Byrne in an Everton shirt with a caption saying “Dominic Byrne loves Liverpool”.

Click here to check out some of the hilarious billboards, sorry Dom.


This week, we learnt of the success of Scotland’s £1.7 billion advertising sector, and the ways the medium can help SMEs help grow the Scottish economy were highlighted at an event at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. It was hosted by the Advertising Association, which said £1 spent on advertising in Scotland generates £5 for the Scottish economy, so the £1.7bn ad spend equates to a near £9bn boost that in turn contributes 42,000 Scottish jobs.

Click here to learn more about the Scottish advertising sector and it’s growing economic ecosystem.


Highlight of the Week:

This week, we attended the 14th annual IAB UK: Engage conference held at the cultural hub of the Barbican.

This year’s event focused on ‘Moving Forward’ and adapting to a world that is ever-changing at a faster rate than predicted. Speakers included Keith Weed of Unilever, Billy Corbyn speaking on the Unskippable future of advertising, Polly Curtis of Huffpost, a wonderful conversation with BBC journalist Stacey Dooley, plus a whole host of fascinating speakers from the world of digital advertising.

To learn more on the 2018 IAB Engage conference, you can read our latest blog post on our blog page.


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BY: Niall Killeney Taylor